Notorious script
Notorious (1946)
Synopsis: Notorious is a 1946 American thriller film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains as three people whose lives become intimately entangled during an espionage operation. It was shot in late 1945 and early 1946, and was released by RKO Radio Pictures in August 1946.

TITLE CARD over a sun-drenched Miami skyline:

Miami, Florida. Three-Twenty P.M.

April the Twenty-Fourth,

Nineteen Hundred and Forty-Six...

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. COURTHOUSE - DAY

A CAMERA held to a photographer's hip. A dozen or so MEN, photographers andjournalists, stand chatting in a HALLWAY outside an impressive pair of oakdoors, above which reads:

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA

A MAN AT THE DOORS opens them a crack and peers inside the COURTROOM. From

a distance, he sees the BACKS of a defendant, JOHN HUBERMAN, and his COUNSELstanding to face the judge.

JUDGE:

... any legal reason why sentence should

not be pronounced?

DEFENSE COUNSEL:

No, your honor.

HUBERMAN:

Yes. I have something to say. You can put me

away. But you can't put away what's going to

happen to you and to this whole country next

time. Next time we are going to...

DEFENSE COUNSEL:

(whispers to Huberman)

I wouldn't say any more. We'll leave that for

the appeal.

JUDGE:

It is the judgment of this court that the

defendant, John Huberman, having been found

guilty of the crime of treason against the

United States by the jury of this court for

the southern district of Florida at Miami,

be committed to the custody of the United

States Attorney General for imprisonment in

an institution of the penitentiary type for

a period of twenty years. And the defendant

may be forthwith remanded to the custody of

the United States Marshall. Court is now

adjourned.

The MAN AT THE DOORS turns to the media vultures behind him.

MAN AT THE DOORS

Here she comes.

The PHOTOGRAPHERS ready their cameras and press forward. As the courtroom

empties, a stylishly dressed ALICIA HUBERMAN emerges into the HALLWAY witha blank look on her pretty but pale face, to be awakened from her daze byflash photography. She steels herself for the deluge and keeps walking.

REPORTERS:

(ad lib)

Just a minute, Miss Huberman. Hold it,

Miss Huberman.

1st REPORTER

We'd like a statement from you, Miss Huberman,

about your father.

2nd REPORTER

For instance, do you think your father got

what he deserved?

3rd REPORTER

Could we say that you're pleased that your

father is going to pay the penalty for being

a German worker?

As she presses on grimly, a tall, MOUSTACHED MAN watches the mob go by, thenturns to a bespectacled plainclothes detective.

MOUSTACHED MAN:

(to the detective)

Let us know if she tries to leave town.

The detective nods and follows Alicia and her entourage.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. ALICIA'S BUNGALOW - DAY

The detective casually checks his watch as he walks past the Hubermans'Miami Beach BUNGALOW on a sunny, palm tree-lined street. A train whistle

WAILS in the distance.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. ALICIA'S BUNGALOW - NIGHT

The BUNGALOW late at night; the lights are on, pop MUSIC plays.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. ALICIA'S BUNGALOW - NIGHT

In the BUNGALOW'S LIVING ROOM, a party is unsteadily in progress. A tipsycouple dances. Everyone else either drinks or is drunk, especially Alicia,

who turns out to be something of a party girl in an outfit that shows offher bare waist. Among them sits a mysteriously silent man who watches theproceedings. Only the back of his head and shoulders are visible in thisscene.

ETHEL:

(to her dancing

partner, Hopkins)

Would you care to pause for some

refreshments, Mister Hop... kins?

WOMAN:

Alicia, were you really followed by a

policeman? It sounds very exciting.

ALICIA:

I'm going to shoot it out with them tomorrow.

Alicia tries to pour a drink for the Commodore, a rich old man.

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Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht (1894–1964) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist and novelist. A journalist in his youth, he went on to write thirty-five books and some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America. He received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some seventy films. more…

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